Norwegian cruise ship planned to dock in Port of Virginia will not be coming


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norwegian cruise ship that originally planned to dock at the Port of Virginia for 30 days as the world responded to the coronavirus pandemic has changed its plans.

The owner of the ship, named Bliss, has decided to send the ship elsewhere instead of docking at the Port of Virginia.

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship has a 1,700-member crew but no passengers aboard. The crew members have all tested negative for COVID-19 but will be confined to the ship, according to a Port of Virginia news release sent Wednesday.

Bliss has been in the Caribbean for two months.

It is one of many cruise ships that have sought temporary harbor in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease has infected thousands of people across the country.

Currently there are at least 78 positive cases of coronavirus in Virginia, and two people on the Peninsula have died from the disease.

Florida has also allowed several cruise ships to dock in ports around the state, saving money for companies that would burn fuel idling at sea, according to a news release.

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